The page listing allowing potential customers to buy infamous Canadian serial killer Paul Bernardo’s ebook is no longer operational.
“We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site,” the ebook’s page on Amazon.ca read Saturday evening.
The development comes after the families of Bernardo’s victims called for Amazon to stop helping the killer sell his novel.
Lawyer Tim Danson, who represents the families of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy, told the Toronto Star Friday that the mothers of both victims were “very upset” after learning of the ebook’s sale.
Danson said Amazon gave Bernardo a platform and the e-commerce site would have received a portion of the $7.77 download.
“As a good corporate citizen, they should not be working with a person like Paul Bernardo and profiting from that,” he added.
It is not known if the ebook’s sale has been suspended, or if there is a technical issue on the website.
Despite the main page listing not working, the “customer review” section was still online.
Many of the website’s customers voiced their displeasure about the sale of the novel.
“He is a convicted murderer and should definitely not have that right,” one user wrote Friday. “I will not be purchasing from Amazon until this book is removed from its list of items for sale.”
“I will not be buying anything from Amazon this holiday season as long as this book is available through you,” another user said.
As of Saturday evening, there were 658 reviews and comments posted. Approximately 96 per cent of the users rated the item as “1 star” — the lowest ranking possible.
A spokesperson from Amazon was not available by press time to comment.
Bernardo’s novel on geopolitics and terrorism, entitled A MAD World Order, went up on Amazon’s Kindle store in June.
According to Amazon, writers can self-publish books and earn “up to 70 per cent royalties” on sales to customers in many countries.
Bernardo is currently in solitary confinement at Millhaven Institution after he was convicted 20 years ago of killing French and Mahaffy.
– With files from David Rider